Mesut Ozil says his love for London and a desire to fulfil long-standing goals at the Emirates made it an ‘easy decision’ to stay at Arsenal.
After 18 months of speculation, the Gunners announced last month that the Germany international had put pen-to-paper on a contract that keeps him at the club until the summer of 2021.
Despite the time it took to thrash out the financial terms, Ozil, who last weekend reached 50 assists for Arsenal, played up how happy he is to commit to the club he signed for in 2013.
“It feels really good,” he told Arsenal Player. “I’m really happy to sign here for such a big club like Arsenal. I’ve always said to the club that i’m happy here and now I’ve signed, I’m really happy.
“My team-mates and family have always supported me. I have a lot of goals here with the team, I want to reach those and I’m really happy.
“I love the city. Before I signed the contract, I spoke with my family about what the best decision was for me. At the end of the day, it was really easy for me to say ‘yes’ to the club. I’m here for more years and I hope we will win some titles with the team. I believe in that.”
In the short-term, Ozil’s main focus will be on helping the Gunners back into the Champions League via success in the Europa League. The World Cup winner reached the final of the tournament with Werder Bremen in 2009 only to lose in extra-time to Shakhtar Donetsk.
Arsenal will first look to finish the job against AC Milan on Thursday – they lead 2-0 from the first leg – before finding out potential quarter-final opponents in Friday’s draw.